COVID-19 FAQs for Prospective Study Abroad Students
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Updated Friday 29 May

We are working hard to ensure we manage any impact that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) might have on Study Abroad students who will be joining us in September 2020. We will regularly update this page as more information becomes available, so please check back regularly.

If you have any immediate concerns or need assistance, please contact us at

Starting my Studies in UCD

The term dates for the Autumn (September - December 2020) trimester are as follows.

International  Orientation:

Monday, 14 September – Friday, 18 September (Number of days varies depending on programme)

Teaching Term:

Monday, 21 September – Friday, 11 December (12 weeks)


Monday, 14 December – Wednesday, 23 December (8 days)

UCD Global expects that the UCD Residences will be open from Monday 7 September, and is now working on Orientation and other arrangements for students who may need to self isolate for two weeks. We will publish further information on these arrangements as soon as possible.




The Irish Government has set out a schedule for reopening society after COVID-19, and UCD has announced details on how teaching, learning and assessment can be conducted for the coming academic year. 

UCD aims to give you the best possible campus and blended learning experience, and the President of the University, Professor Andrew Deeks, has given a commitment that the delivery of all programmes will be to the highest standards on which UCD's current reputation is based.

UCD is a campus-based university and we consider face-to-face interaction between students, and between students and faculty, to be vital ingredients in your learning journey. While the national response to COVID-19 presents challenges in maintaining this experience, we will seek to ensure that our students commence and continue their education in UCD accessing and using our campuses to the greatest extent possible.

 Currently UCD is working towards the following principles for the Autumn Trimester:

  • Core modules are expected to have elements delivered in person on the campus.
  • Recognising that availability of students to attend campus may change through the course of the trimester, at-distance alternatives will be available.
  • Elective-only modules will be delivered at distance wherever possible.
  • Module offerings may be reduced in order to reduce the mixing of students.
  • Continuous assessment or other open book assessment formats will be used to the greatest extent possible.

The UCD community is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus in September. We will seek to ensure that your education in UCD enables you to access and use our campuses, and maximises your personal interaction with your friends and faculty.








We recommend that you check the Irish Embassy / Consulate website in your current country of residence before making travel arrangements. At present, the Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to self-isolate for 14 days, upon arrival, and to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form to this effect. Please check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements, bearing in mind that advice may change at short notice, you should check to ensure you have the latest information. We recommend that you take this self-isolation period into consideration for booking travel and accommodation.




To support students who cannot attend campus in the early part of the Autumn (September 2020) trimester for personal or travel reasons, the University is proposing at-distance alternatives for undergraduate and taught masters students, with the expectation that these students will attend campus when it is possible for them to do so.



If you contract COVID-19 before you are due to travel to Ireland for the start of your course, you should not travel, and should follow all local health advice. You should wait for clear medical advice that you are no longer contagious before you consider travelling.

You should contact us at and inform us of your situation. 



Advice for Prospective Study Abroad Students

The health, welfare and safety of our students and staff is our primary concern at this time. We want to reassure you that UCD is providing a solid framework of support for students and staff. We have been providing regular updates to the UCD community about our local response to COVID-19, based on the expert advice of Irish Government agencies. As Ireland's Global University, UCD researchers are contributing their academic expertise, specifically through membership of two global networks which are rapidly coordinating clinical research into new cases of COVID-19:

  • UCD is a member of the Global Virus Network, which coordinates laboratory research into rapid diagnostics for new emerging infections.
  • UCD also leads on an international Critical Care Network that conducts research into emerging infections.

Beyond these networks, one of UCD's leading medical researchers, Dr Cillian De Gascun, has been appointed to chair the expert advisory group to provide advice on COVID-19 to the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the National Public Health Emergency Team. Dr De Gascun is laboratory director at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory. Elsewhere on campus, members of the university community are volunteering at COVID-19 contact tracing call centres. You can also reas more about this call centre in this news article


All new study abroad applications for study at UCD are treated as normal, irrespective of where you are from or currently reside. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update these FAQs as more information becomes available. Our advice is that you check back with us regularly for the latest advice and guidance. You can also contact for further assistance. 









Yes, if you are approved by your home university or provider– please still apply as the situation in all countries is likely to change over the next few months. We will continue to welcome applications from students approved by their home university or provider to take part in UCD’s study abroad programme.

If your application is successful, we will be in touch with you about the next steps leading up to registration. We will continue to follow public health guidelines and will be sure to notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.

Your application is important to us, and we are continuing to assess all applications as normal. If you are concerned about how COVID-19 may affect your plans to study at UCD once you have received a decision from us, please read the advice being shared with current students on campus.

We aim to process online applications to all Study Abroad Programmes within a two week timeframe (10 working days).  The quick turnaround in decisions will allow applicants to plan accordingly for their semester abroad.   If you have submitted an online application and have not received a decision within two weeks, please contact

We have extended the application deadline for the September Trimester 20/21 to June 1st.  However, we are aware that delays may be unavoidable for you in providing the documentation needed to support your application. We aim to be as flexible as possible. If you require extra time to gather requested documentation, such as academic transcripts, please reach out to so that we are aware of any delays.

Study Abroad tuition fees (whether paying UCD directly or paying through your home institution or provider) are not collected until the end of September.  There will be no financial implications for you if you decide to withdraw from the Study Abroad Programme you are enrolled in, up until the start of the September trimester teaching term.

We are continuing to assess new Study Abroad applications, and are preparing to welcome our new students in September 2020 as normal. If you think that you can no longer commence your studies in September 2020, please contact your home university or provider and your UCD Study Abroad Programme Managers at



Advice for Current Students

Our advice for current students and staff can be found on the UCD travel and public health information web page maintained by the UCD Safety, Insurance, Operational Risk and Compliance Office (SIRC).

You can also check our FAQs for Current Students



Further Information for Current Students

For updated health information on COVID-19, please see Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

For updated travel information on COVID-19, please see the Department of Foreign Affairs DFA Travel Advice.